Bike Test: Redline Proline Pro
Words and Photo: James Ayres
Tested by: Brandon Nicholls (Systems Web/TLD)
Height: 5' 10″
Weight: 185 lbs.
Number of years riding: 10
Accomplishments: 1999 ABA Number One Amateur, 2001 NAG #2 15 Expert
Complete bike price: $329.99
Finishes available: Yellow, red
Weight: 25 lbs.
Head tube angle: 74 degrees
Seat tube angle: 70 degrees
Top tube length: 21″
Chainstay length: 15.30″
Bottom bracket height: 12.15″
Frame: Redline Proline Pro, 6061 aluminum
Forks: Redline, 1-1/8″ butted chromoly, threadless
Headset: Cane Creek
Bars: Redline Pro, two-piece chromoly, 8″ rise
Stem: Redline Flight
Grips: Redline Freaky-G dual-density w/bar ends
Brakes: ProMax, alloy, CNC-machined
Brake lever: ProMax, alloy, CNC-machined
Seat: Redline, 7mm rails
Seat post: Redline micro-adjust, alloy
Seat post clamp: Redline Flight, single-bolt
Pedals: Redline platforms, alloy, chromoly axles, replaceable pins
Cranks: Redline Proline chromoly three-piece, 180mm
Bottom bracket: Redline sealed cartridge bearing
Sprocket: Redline Flight, 44 tooth
Freewheel: 16 tooth
Chain: KMC Z-30, 3/32″, chrome
Rims: Alex 7X23F, 36-spoke, black w/machined sidewalls
Hubs: Redline Flight, alloy mid-flange, 3/8″ axles, unsealed
Tires: Tioga Comp IIIs: Front: 2.125″, Rear: 1.75″
Extras: Two Redline chain tensioners, Redline Flight padset and RL numberplate
How it rode
The bike was a little shorter than what I'm used to, but I adapted to it after a few laps. It handled pretty well. With the short back end, it carved turns pretty well and was quick out of the gate. I didn't have any problems getting it going.
I liked that it came with three-piece cranks and chain tensioners. The stem seemed pretty trick, the way it was machined out. Everything held up well; the wheelset was nice, and everything seemed pretty trick for being an out-of-the-box bike.
Did anything bend or break?
Nope. It held up pretty well for the riding that I did.
Anything you had to repeatedly adjust?
Nothing; everything stayed tight.
If it were your bike, what would you change?
I'd put on a longer stem to give me more room up front. I'd probably change the tires, too–I've ridden the same brand of tires for the past three years, and I'm really used to those.
What did you ride?
Cutting Edge track in Ontario, California.
I liked the fact that out of the box, the bike was race-ready. Buy a few numbers for the plate and you're ready to go.
RESULTS BOX QUOTE:
This is the only bike on the market that is truly ready to race right out of the box. The bike has a true “factory” look with Redline’s co-sponsor's stickers. For $330, this thing's a steal.
You need a sweet mid-to-expert-level race bike that rides as good as it looks.
You just want a bike to hit up trails or cruise around on; this is definitely not a neighborhood thrasher.